About Momma

Now 82-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass.. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my daughter for nine months now and she hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores,and feeding my zoo. (3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 birds.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!


I have been reading Bruce Handy’s Wild Things The Joy Of Reading Children’s Literature as An Adult.  In it is a reference to Portnoy’s Complaint which I had heard of but never read so I filed that away to read later.

Farther on Handy mentioned  the Grimm’s Fairy Tales which I have been reading off and on over this last year.  He spoke of the way the tales were old and weird.  He compared them with other authors not quite so impure.  I sat here thinking that I am reading these things and learning about another world.  One that isn’t just King, Deaver, Cornwell, or Gaiman.

Reading is essential in one’s life if you are to grow and learn. I’m sure Handy’s novel will introduce other suggestion to follow up with.  But for now I’ll continue to search my new world.

Second Attempt!

All these pictures can be made larger.

Starting with the back hallway.

This is on Cindy’s bedroom door.

This is on my bedroom door.

This is on the bathroom door.

Inside the bathroom is this

Note the sitting creatures

Going through the archway

Is the sign

The flower is usually in the kitchen window

The window is in between the kitchen and the addition.

On to the addition

These are on the door to the outside.

This is on the freezer in the addition.

All these Cindy bought in August so we could have them for September.  These items are from past years or are bought at the (bless their hearts) dollar stores.

Back to the living room.

This Lucy my goose.

She is in the living room window waiting for the clings to arrive tomorrow .  These are an excellent fill in when there is extra space in  a window.

If you wonder why we do this every month it is because it is a reminder of time passing and it makes us smile.  I just hope that others that see it will smile too.

Well it looks like my 2nd attempt made it.  ( I’m a never say die type of person.)

Have a great week.

Not My Day!

This morning I created a blog entry on the new decor.  Had it all set up and discovered I had missed one picture. I decided to put that one in.  When I did all the pictures so far disappeared.  Now I had stupidly deleted them when I thought I was finished.  Wrong thought so now I finally just trash the whole thing.

On top of that my favorite chair has decided not to work any more.  Now I got it several years ago when I had my shoulders replaced.  I guess it just gave up but it still feel good to sit in it.

The mail just came and my long awaited Visa bill must be opened so I’m out of here .  Have a better day than me!

The Last Day

Well a good morning to you.  I’m still working on the front windows because I found the decorations that Cindy bought last month.  I’ll get those pictures up when I’m done.  However I do have the door decorations done.

This is the back door design

This is on the front door.

Both let you know that Fall is in the air.

I’m playing with the idea of starting the Dark Cherry Jam but haven’t quite decided on it yet.  I do have things to take to the Goodwill or Salvation Army store.  I also need to take something to my storage area.

Cindy put my full size headboard on facebook but I haven’t heard anything yet and it is free.

Well the zoo is fed this morning except for the dogs.  There are a few dishes soaking in the sink and my laundry is washing so I do have things to do.

Cindy worked all night and is due back in this afternoon.  Tomorrow it is all day for her.

I also have the bath room to trim if Cinday doesn’t have time to put Fall in there.  I check with her before she leaves for work.

I think I’ll get a yogurt and read my book for while.

Enjoy the rest of your Holiday.

Labor Day Weekend

The 3rd of September on the Labor Day Weekend and I did labor.

You are looking at one of 25 1/2 cups of Strawberry jam.

All that is left is partial package of whole strawberries.  This is from 10 lbs. of frozen berries.  My food processor is a real blessing now that I have the correct part for it.  The canning project was finished by 3 pm today and all the equipment is put away.

The decoration for Fall are up.

The lower right side of the living room window

The lower left side of the same window

Time out to charge the camera battery then I’ll finish the front window.

This is the Dinning room window.

I still have the front and back door to show you but again the camera battery is charging.

Finally a picture of one of the Bleeding Heart plants.

Well my first night in the new bed was warm and comfy.  I do have a little problem getting in under the covers because it is so high but I’ll master that with practice.

Well how was your Holiday spent?  You had fun I hope.

I’m tired so I think I’ll take it easy for the rest of the night.



My Daughter Said

After my last post I took my daughter’s advice being if you want it get it.  This was my bedroom yesterday.

A full size bed that took up a lot of space.

So i went shopping yesterday.  It wasn’t a cheap trip but after the setup this morning I’m so glad I did it.

All new– a twin bed that leaves me room to sit on the floor if I want to. 

I took a short nap this afternoon but the real test will be tonight.

Brandy was upset when they took her bed away. But she is getting used to this.

The only problem is that it is higher off the floor and for her to jump up on it is quite a chore.  Now I brought the doggie step in for her but she does not know how to use it.  It will take some training to get her used to it.  But it boils down to if you want it get it and it does give me more room to get around in.

I haven’t quite settled in on the jam making yet.  But the fruit is frozen so nothing will spoil if I wait.

Still a problem with decor for the house.  There just isn’t much that says Fall without a Halloween flavor to it.  Nothing available in lighted things for the windows as far as I’ve looked.

Cindy is pulling an all nighter, David is playing magic with his friends, I have washed all my linens from the full size bed and  packed in a bag to be given away.

I have to resend my grand daughter’s birthday card because I had the wrong address  She probably thought I had forgotten her altogether.

It is only 6 pm I have had a little supper, fed Brandy and am at a loss as what else to do.

It is read or turn on the idiot box.  Well I’ll find something.

You have a great weekend.




It Is Here

Well it is here September that is.  My pictures like the subject ( Bleeding Hearts) were a sad thing to view.  The blooms are very small and where blurred when i tried to take a picture of them.  Maybe next year they will be better.

Everyone in the Zoo is fed except the dogs but it is like that every morning.  I cleaned Spirit’s cage and she is here now.

She is enjoying the sunshine in the front window.

All the decorations for August are down and waiting for a box to store them in.  I do have the next flag up.

But this the only thing for September so far.

I have to get the box containing Fall things from the shed then I can proceed on decorating.

Cindy will be answering the request for the recipe soon and will send it to the requester,

I have started reading my newest book.

Not everyone’s cup of tea but I’m enjoying it.

Flowers from the store –a must .

Carnations are the choice here because they last longer than other flowers.

My laundry is done and laying on my bed to be put away.  I also have to crawl all over the bed to get my sheets tucked in so Brandy will be moving around to let me complete the job. (Darn old full size bed).  I swear I’m going to buy a twin size just for the room it will give me in the bedroom and the convenience when making it.  I know it will mean new bedding, a headboard, and who knows what all expense.  But my daughter says if it is something I want get it .

Well I guess the jam will start tomorrow.  ( do I have a helper?)

Have a great day  and take time for you.



Almost September

Good Morning on this gray and uninviting day.  Had a little trouble with my computer yesterday.  I don’t know if something got in the way or my eyesight is failing . What do you think?

It is wonderful to be loved.

Two novels coming today which is great because I can only take so much of Grimm’s Fairy Tales then I have to put it up for a while.

My plans for a visit to Sam’s Club were delayed yesterday and probably will be today also.  I wanted the sugar to start the jam but I wanted Cindy along so we could get what she needed also.  Maybe it will come off tomorrow.

I picked up a couple more Fill It In books the other day to work in when reading and other projects become a little trying.

It will soon be time to change the theme of the decor in the windows.  A couple of days and all this comes down and the next things go up.  ( I could use a big school bus to park in the window but that can’t happen.)

I need to get out front and pull the dead heads in the flower garden so more will bloom.  I’ll do that today if it doesn’t rain.

I put Spirit’s cage in the front window yesterday and she had a great time watching the activity outside.  I think I’ll try this more often and maybe I can get her to talk more.

Well my clothes are in the dryer, Cindy’s in the washer, the zoo except for the dogs has been fed, I have a sink full of dishes soaking, and I need to get dressed so I’m out of here for now but never fear I’ll be back to bother you again.  Have a great day!

Going To A Party!

This post was started yesterday so if it is a little confusing please stay with me.

Today we are going to Les’ house to celebrate his 50th birthday.  Preparations have been going on for two days.  Last night I made potato salad and today Cindy was busy with the dessert.

I love watching her create something good.

This is a No Bake Banana Split Dessert and is as tasty as it looks.

This was her prep time.

If she looks a little hesitate she did well when it was done.

The present were waiting in the window.

Jumping next to Les’ house.

The tables were set up in the backyard.

I won’t even begin to identify everyone.

Enough food to feed a battalion two times over.

Not pictured were  the cakes and more food on the table to the left.

But most important was this.

The man the party was for.

Lesley Troy Jenkins turned 50 years old on the 25th of August.  A good looking guy but after all he is my youngest son I would expect nothing less. ( He is also my IT man.)

Ok a few odds and ends.

This is my Brandy after her visit to Petco.

The fruit for jam on the two top shelves of the freezer.

Cindy and I went to Melrose Orchards on Friday to pick up all 6 boxes.  It was a pleasant trip.  Cindy said she normally doesn’t get to travel a long drive and it was a treat for her.  Tomorrow I pick up the sugar and I’ll be ready to make jam.

This is the picture Cindy could not get to come up on her blog.

She has encouraged me to give up the black and navy blues that I have worn for years.  Honestly I’m delighted with the new me.  In fact I should have done this years ago.

Well I just ordered two books from Amazon that I read about in the Free press this morning.  One will be in right away–the other is a preorder.

Guess that is it for today.





Preparing For The Project.

Good morning.  Well the Bose has been moved back to the living room next to the printer.

It is Jackson Brown on right now.

Why did it get moved ?  Well When Jacki and Marilyn came over yesterday they brought this back to me.

This is the doll I won in a drawing.

Marilyn has kept it covered since I moved from Otisville.  When I needed a place for her it seemed safe to put her on top my dresser but it was full.

Moved the Bose and placed her beside the lamp Cindy wants.

Jacki and Marilyn also brought me jars for the jam project.

This will help alot.

Add this.

I empty these and washed them.These were over two years old.

They were in the cupboards and one the shelves in the back room.  The pints went into a box and are in the back of my truck to go to the storage unit.  The nine jelly jars are sitting on the shelf waiting to be filled. The contents was double bagged and just went away with the garbage truck.

I have finished John Grisham’s The Whistler.  I will pick up the Grimm’s tales again for now.  I expecting a novel from Amazon shortly and will look around the stores for something in between.

When Jacki and Marilyn were here they also brought homemade bread and cookies.  Needless to say I was a pig that day.

Well the zoo except for Brandy have been fed. So I guess it is time to fold up shop for today.